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Before forming the Latin rock/salsa band Grupo Fantasma, guitarists Adrian Quesada and Beto Martinez, bassist Greg Gonzalez, trumpeter Gilbert Elorreaga, sax player Josh Levy, trombonist Leo Gauna, drummer Johnny Lopez, and conguero Matthew “Special Lou” Holmes were most within an Austin, Tx, funk band called the Blimp. In 2003, quickly before Grupo’s Movimiento Popular arrived, Quesada suggested setting up a funk clothing again, mostly using the purpose of merely playing addresses and having a great time. Culling motivation from groupings like Santana, Globe, Wind & Fireplace, and P-Funk, and contacting themselves Brownout, the octet associates understood they sounded sufficient release a a 7″ in 2005 on England’s Freestyle Information, an individual that finished up doing this well — and garnering a lot of follow-up demands — that shortly a 12″ was released too. This is all more than enough to convince the close friends that Brownout ought to be a serious issue, and their full-length debut, Homenaje, premiered in January 2008. That same season, Brownout gained an Austin Music Award for Greatest Latin Contemporary Music group (defeating out themselves, as Grupo Fantasma, for the honor) and produced appearances on the annual SXSW event. A second recording, Aguilas and Cobras, made an appearance in ’09 2009, having a remix edition of the recording following this year 2010. Oozy found its way to 2012, while an EP offering funk variations of Dark Sabbath music, Brownout Presents Brownish Sabbath, premiered early in 2014.

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